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Xinhua world news summary at 1000 GMT, Sept. 29

29 Sep 2020, 20:30 GMT+10

GUIYANG -- The first direct China-Europe freight train service linking southwest China's Guizhou Province and countries along the Belt and Road was launched on Monday.

The inaugural train loaded with nearly 300 tonnes of Guizhou tea worth 100 million yuan (about 14.67 million U.S. dollars) is expected to arrive in Almaty, Kazakhstan, in eight to 10 days. (China-China-Europe freight train-Guizhou)

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SYDNEY -- Australian researchers have identified 48 new genetic variants which influence whether a person will be left or right handed, or ambidextrous, in the largest ever study of its kind released on Tuesday.

However, scientists remained convinced that environmental factors play a larger role than genetics in terms of influence on handedness. (Australia-Research-Left Hander)

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WELLINGTON -- Overseas voters will be able to vote in the 2020 General Election and referendums from this Wednesday, New Zealand Electoral Commission said on Tuesday.

About 67,000 New Zealand voters are enrolled at an overseas address. Overseas voters can vote from Wednesday, Sept. 30 until 7:00 p.m. on the election day, Oct. 17, using the download and upload service to receive and return their voting papers, said a commission statement. (New Zealand-Election)

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SEOUL -- South Korea's online shopping kept a double-digit growth in August as people refrained from offline shopping amid the fear of the COVID-19 outbreak, a government report showed Tuesday.

Revenue by online retailers advanced 20.1 percent in August from a year earlier, according to the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy. (S.Korea-Online shopping)

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BEIJING -- A U.S. district court has decided to temporarily block the U.S. government's action that would prevent new downloads of the video-sharing app TikTok and software updates for existing users.

However, the preliminary injunction can neither change the fact that the U.S. government is suppressing TikTok nor gloss over its bullying acts, said Chinese experts and scholars. (China-U.S.-TikTok)

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